Give the Gift of Memories ~ Experiences & Entertainment

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher December 1, 2020

"Learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now and it becomes a good memory later." ~George Foreman

Boxes. Wrapping Paper. Bows. These items aren't needed for these gift ideas, although we're sure you can figure out some way to wrap them up!

While the holidays are certainly a time of giving and receiving, it is also a time for creating memories and traditions. This year, give your family the gift of togetherness and create long-lasting memories.


Getting active together is fun and the kids love it even more when they get to beat mom and dad.

  • Boondocks (Parker) Entertainment center complete with two-story laser tag, bowling alley, miniature golf, arcade, and go-kart track.
  • Bowlero (Lone Tree) Bowling, billiards, laser tag, and arcade games — there's truly something for everyone at Bowlero.
  • The EDGE Zip Line & Adventures (Castle Rock) Ten zipline course, aerial trekking course with 3 levels and 110 challenging elements, plus a one-of-a-kind adventure tower.
  • Game Train (Highlands Ranch) A dining experience unlike any other with a 430+ board game collection and a train simulator, complete with clicks, clacks, vibrations, and moving scenery. Enjoy each other's company while sharing a great meal!
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving (Lone Tree) A vertical wind tunnel creates a wall-to-wall cushion of air on which you can safely float. 
  • K1 Speed (Littleton) Entertainment venue featuring indoor go-kart racing.
  • Main Event (Highlands Ranch) Entertainment center complete with laser tag, bowling alley, rope course, arcade, and a full-service restaurant.
  • Miller Activity Complex (Castle Rock) An indoor leisure pool, trampoline play area, children's play structure, batting cages, golf simulator, and indoor synthetic fields ... come play rain or shine.
  • Quick Draw Archery (Highlands Ranch) Fun and safe environment for any skill level archery shooter!
  • Sky Zone (Parker) Indoor trampoline park designed for fun fitness via bouncing, flipping, and more.
  • Try'n Escape (Parker) Offers theme-based escape room adventures that encourage you, your friends, and co-workers to work together finding clues and solving puzzles in order to escape a room or complete a challenge.

Social butterflies can gather together to create memories and masterpieces.

  • Arts on Fire (Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch) Fun and friendly paint-your-own-pottery and glass fusing studio.
  • Board & Brush Creative Studio (Highlands Ranch, Parker) A place for creating fun and unique wood décor projects from scratch while enjoying a fun instructor led atmosphere.
  • Canvas Uncorked (Parker) Enjoy painting, beverages (beer, wine, and non-alcoholic available), music, and fun surprises in a low-stress art class. Create, Paint & Wine Down!
  • Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios (Highlands Ranch) At Family Night Out you'll make dinner and dessert and enjoy your creations together
  • Kidcreate Studio (Parker) Specializing in children's art classes, camps, and art-themed birthday parties, an art studio just for kids.
  • Painting with a Twist (Lone Tree) A little bit of paint, a little bit of wine, and a WHOLE lot of fun!
  • Parker Monart School of the Arts (Parker) Art classes, camps, and birthday parties for Kids.
  • Pop!Arts (Parker) Art and music studio for kids with classes, summer camps, fall camps, winter camps, pop-up events, and parties.
  • Uncorked Kitchen (Centennial) The joy of food in the making — an experience with people at its center and the belief that amazing things happen when people come together in the kitchen.

Slip in for a short time or stay and play all day.

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs) Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.
  • Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (Denver) With one-of-a-kind interactive exhibits, daily programs, and year-round special events, there is always something to create, explore, discover, and learn!
  • Colorado State Parks Pass (Throughout Colorado) With dozens of state parks and a variety of outdoor recreation... what more could a family want!?!
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver) Ignite your child's passion for nature and science with three levels of permanent and rotating exhibits.
  • Elitch Gardens (Denver) From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures, a splashin' water park, and tons of special events, there are thrills for all.
  • Little Monkey Bizness (Parker) A place where kids can truly “monkey around”! 
  • Play Street Museum (Highlands Ranch) Children can discover a world that is just their size in this interactive educational play space.

A gift certificate to one of these places is sure to please.

  • AMC Theatres (Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker) Delivering the most entertaining movie-going experience in the world.
  • Audience of One (Highlands Ranch) A music theater company committed to developing youth through the theatrical and arts experience helping them to succeed and joyfully serve their community.
  • Front Range Theater Company (Highlands Ranch) Providing Quality Community Theatre to Highlands Ranch, Parker, & Castle Rock for over 30 Years!
  • Lone Tree Arts Center (Lone Tree) The arts education programs for children like Seedlings and Passport to Culture can't be beat!
  • PACE Center (Parker) A state-of-the-art facility offering the best of touring acts as well as local performances, exhibits, and educational programs.
  • Performing Arts Academy (Highlands Ranch) Making the transformative power of the performing arts available to all people.
  • Theater of Dreams (Castle Rock) See World Class Magicians, variety artists, illusionists, mind-readers, jugglers, and other artists at affordable prices.
  • United Artists/Regal Cinemas (Lone Tree) Sit back, relax, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie experience.

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